Saving on travel means more
to spend once you get there.
to travel at a discount?
The secret is looking beyond airfares - and taking advantage of air, hotel, car rental and sightseeing tours in one sweet, inclusive package.
While you're at it, check out a handful of good travel forums to gain from hard-won experience from fellow travelers,
and ...be patient. Saving a travel buck takes time, but well worth it.
What was that small airline with great fares you've recently heard about? Can you find the cheapest airfare if you opt to fly into a smaller airport near your destination?
Would it really be a hardship to travel in late spring or early fall,
when prices are cheaper? And what about the particular day of the week? (Hint: Mondays and Thursdays are usually the least expensive to fly.)
"Staycations" are now so popular that the word has become an official entry into the Urban Dictionary. Frequent weekend getaways are also becoming an affordable option, and local travel can also save big on transportation costs. Europeans
have been enjoying the special pleasures of train travel for years.
Still want to see the world? Try house swapping with another family who lives in the city you want to see and save big on hotel costs.
It pays to shop around when looking for separate bargains on airfares or hotels, so don't settle for the first deal that tempts you. There may be more facts, information, expert tips and discount guides waiting at another site just around the corner...
Travel Deals - Smarter Traveler scours the web so you won't have to. Just check the top picks for the best deals around, and if
they aren't headed where you're going, you can still use the site to find good rates. Weekly newsletter includes bargain travel
information and tips.
Kayak.com - Simple interface combined with a powerful search engine that makes it easy hunting for cheap airfares, hotels, car rentals,
and inclusive vacation deals.
STA Travel - A leading student travel discount site offering great deals on all inclusive package tours, airfares, hotels and hostels, student discount cards, travel help and guides.
Go-today.com - Browse their Top Ten specials, bargain packages and hotel deals for Europe, South and Central America, Asia and South Pacific destinations with information on group packages and last minute fares.
Travel.com - Large volume consolidator rates with savings on U.S. and international airfares, hotels, cruises and specialty
- Travel Deals - The official U.S. site offering the latest weekend getaways,
regional tour packages, special passes and discount programs.
Also surf around for their regular daily and weekend schedules,
nationwide hubs and train times, ticket purchase.